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Aquarium of the Bay
Aquarium of the Bay

Aquarium of the Bay

star-4.5
2,962 Reviews
2 Beach St, San Francisco, California, USA, 94133

The Basics

Come face-to-face with the sharks of Alcatraz in one of three tunnels, admire the diverse wildlife of San Francisco Bay’s shallow mudflats, and explore schools of anchovies that live off the coast of California. Touch pools and interactive lab stations offer the opportunity to immersive engagement, too.

Several passes, such as the San Francisco CityPASS, Go San Francisco card, Pier 39 Attractions Pass, Fisherman’s Wharf Pass, and Alcatraz Attraction Pass, include admission to the Aquarium of the Bay. Hop-on hop-off bus tours also stop at Pier 39 and you can also prepurchase general admission to the aquarium online.

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Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

star-5
A memorable visit
Tawny_M, Sep 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Seeing how excited my 6 yr old son and 3 yr old dtr reacted seeing all the exhibits. We knew it was worth the trip. The tunnel was amazing and seemed fitting since SF has a lot of tunnels 🌆 It’s definitely smaller then expected however each show cases were 110% satisfying. Loved the jellyfish exhibit and the octopus 🐙 Very clean and all the animals seemed clean and healthy. Would love to come again!!! Thank you
star-5
So much fun!
Alma_O, Aug 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
We had so much fun! Thank you for providing such a safe and clean environment for my family and others as well. Beautiful space! The sea otters are so adorable 😍 the whole experience was wonderful!
star-4
LOOOVE
Megan_T, Jul 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Wish there was more exhibits, but overall well worth the price and traveling to see it. Staff was friendly and overall a very clean place.
star-5
Fantastic
Bizmark_K, May 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Had fun with my family esp my one year old baby . COVID Protocols were were followed by every one in there
star-5
Exploring the bay
Mariela_V, Jul 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Kids where amazed. Love visiting the aquarium of the bay. So much to see and the kids enjoy it every time.
star-4
Good!
Kat_W, Apr 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Worth the cost of the ticket. The exhibits were cute and lengthy and there was variety. Staff was friendly. I would have given extra star if there was a 3 or 4 d exhibit or snack bar or better gift shop. Also employees didn’t monitor where ticket holders were and with kids especially young ones, they need to be made aware of social distancing. Otherwise very good experience for the money.
star-5
We found dory lol
JoirenaJohnson, Mar 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Great outing for the kids, staff were friendly, loved how everything was safe for all and clean. Definitely would recommend
star-5
Loved it!
Latoya_M, Mar 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Loved the aquarium and everything about the experience. Only down was not being able to touch the Sharks due to covid. That was 1 thing we were looking forward to so it was a little disappointing to find out when we got there tht it was closed off. My kids loved the aquarium. My favorite part was the otters. They even a little gift shop at the end of your aquarium tour. We bought a little glass jelly fish glow in the dark as a souvenir.
star-5
Best place for all
Theresa_F, Sep 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Very close to everything, fun for the family and very friendly even offer complementary s’mores kits.
star-5
OTTERS!
Mandiee127, Sep 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Me and my boyfriend had a wonderful time, definitely a must do while in San Francisco! Th otters are so cute! 💕💕💕
star-5
The Aquarium Day...
Dorian_C, Aug 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
I really like it it was very fun.. I got tickets on line and that made it nice not to have to stand in line.
star-5
😍 love it
Sherell_S, Aug 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
It was everything I love the whole experience beautiful, would love to experience it again with my grandchildren 😍

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Book a skip-the-line tour to avoid waiting in line at this busy Fisherman’s Wharf attraction.

  • The aquarium is quite small and easily combined with other sights around Fisherman’s Wharf.

  • A must-do for families with young children or anyone interested in learning more about the ecology of the San Francisco Bay region.

  • Present a current Bay Area public transport pass for $2 off the admission price.

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How to Get There

Located two piers east of Fisherman’s Wharf, the Aquarium of the Bay is most easily accessible by public transportation. San Francisco Muni’s E and F street car lines stop within a block of the Aquarium of the Bay. SF Muni 8, 39, and 47 bus lines also stop nearby. There's wheelchair-accessible parking across from the main entrance at Pier 39 and additional parking at Pier 35.

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Trip ideas

Know Before You Go: Tips for Visiting Alcatraz

Know Before You Go: Tips for Visiting Alcatraz

An Exploratorium Exhibit Developer's Guide to San Francisco

An Exploratorium Exhibit Developer's Guide to San Francisco


When to Get There

Fisherman’s Wharf and the Aquarium of the Bay are busiest during the summer months. A visit during winter or early spring means quieter galleries. The aquarium is open every day from the mid-morning until the evening; late afternoons are the quietest times to visit. The aquarium is closed on Christmas Day.

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Feed the Sharks

Aquarium of the Bay tours (not included with general admission tickets) offer a deeper dive into the inner workings of an aquarium. One tour takes visitors across catwalks above the tanks to learn about dive operations and how to care for marine life, while another allows visitors to feed sharks, rays, and skates.

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Aquarium of the Bay